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The Joys of Packing

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

As any parent know packing for a vacation is like a puzzle.  How do you fit it all into a tiny carryon for the plane?

Some of you may say, well just check your bags.  But for my thrifty budget, I am unwilling to pay the additional 40 (there and back) on top of the airline fee.  And there is the problem with space in a rental car - or even your car.  Put it all in there and then some kids and you barely have room to turn around let alone reach for the navigation control to find the best route to the hotel.  Just try plugging in the DVD player while reaching over the books, game devices, bags and shoes that accumulate in the backseat.

So here is some advice from the website, Smarter Travel on five tips to pack a small bag - http://tinyurl.com/ckky9de

I also want to add the possiblity of dumping the purse.  I used an back pack instead.  It fit everything we needed plus my wallet and phone.  I used every pocket and zipper.  Plus, i gave everyone a backpack and they could take what they wanted if it fit in the bag and that was that.

Another consideration is the utility of zip lock bags.  Anything that could leak in a bag goes in a zip.  Toothbrushes/paste in a zip and in the hotel - dig for it in the bag, plop it on the counter and they kids are ready.  Zip lock bags make great shower kits - small soap, shampoo, hand them out and they are ready to go.

One final caution, weigh your bag before you go to the airport.  On our last trip, we were the family with the open suitcases rearranging all the stuff.  Don't forget, jeans weigh at least five lbs!

Safe travels and have fun!

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